Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm’s building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses. Joining forces with a former client (Samara Weaving) who has a grudge of her own, Derek savagely fights tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all.
Genre : Action-Horror
Country : USA
Steven Yeun : Derek Cho
Samara Weaving : Melanie Cross
Steven Brand : John Towers
Director : Joe Lynch
Let The Mayhem Begin
One of the things that makes film such a special medium is how they can make the mundane seem magical. Something as simple as a child’s toy collection can be not only have an adventure but can bring grown men to tears in the process. Movies can take something as nerve wracking as dating and turn it into an easy-going experience with the right musical cue and romantic moment. Seemingly he one place movies can’t make look good is the workplace.
Despite a film’s ability to enchant very rarely is your typical office job portray as a good thing. Aside from occasionally being fantastical things never actually seem enjoyable. At best the job will be depicted as a mind-numbing slog like in Office Space and at worst will be an evil corporation like Total Recall‘s Rekall. But no matter how annoying the job may be one thing is for certain, it always comes back to the workplace. And this is no truer than in Joe Lynch‘s latest, Mayhem.
If you think this sounds a lot like January’s The Belko Experiment I don’t blame you. With both movies being about blood-soaked carnage taking over an office building it’s easy to mistake the two. In fact, I’m sure I saw the “Battle Royale meets The Office” used as pull quotes for both films. While a good descriptor it is much more fitting when applied to Mayhem. Unlike it’s bigger budgeted counterpart Mayhem doesn’t feel like a typical horror-action movie. Instead of being a more straight forward horror take Belko had Mayhem is more of a cynical look at comes to corporate life. It has a lot more personality to it and I attribute due to the influence of director Joe Lynch.
Similar to his past work in Wrong Turn II and Knights of Badassdom, Lynch does a phenomenal job mixing genres. He never lets the plot get too heavy while also never letting it become an outright comedy either. It rides the fine line between horror and humor that few directors can nail. With a more lighthearted tone and likable characters it doesn’t feel like the more sterile film The Belko Experiment became.
Aside from the writing a big part of this is the casting of Steven Yeun. His first lead role since leaving The Walking Dead he more than delivers as Derek Cho. Like his time as Glenn, Yeun brings with him an innocence to the role that makes him the perfect protagonist. No matter what craziness happens while he is infected you never think of him as a bad guy just someone stuck in a bad situation. Just as good in the film is his co-star Samara Weaving as Melanie. Introduced as the kind of victim of corporate America you’d expect to see in a drama she quickly sheds this image to reveal an absolutely kick ass heroine. With a sympathetic, if familiar, backstory and the right cache of weapons Melanie is the kind of wish you’d bad ass you want to be in a horror movie. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the rest of the cast. That isn’t to say that the supporting cast is bad because they aren’t. Character actors Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie and Dallas Roberts put in some deliciously evil performances. The problem is how one note they feel. There is really no motive or reason, they’re just evil. Not that I think every character needs to a tragic backstory in a movie like Mayhem. I just wish there was a bit more than generic corporate villainy turned up to 11. Of course, you don’t go into a film titled Mayhem looking for a fun script or likable heroes. Those are just a bonus. No, what audiences are looking for is cinematic chaos and thankfully Mayhem delivers.
Like Lynch’s last film Everly, Mayhem moves at a frenetic pace that doesn’t lets up. Never holding back on the blood or the violence it ratchets it up with each scene. Each scene taking things up a notch before it’s explosive finale. Like the best horror-action movies Mayhem doesn’t delves too far into either genre, instead giving both their due on screen. If there is a stumbling block it would be the film’s budget. While the ambition and ideas are there the budget and story limit the settings. Aside from a few unconventional weapons and set pieces the scenes can look the same after a while. Everly has proven that Joe Lynch can get quite creative with his action scenes if given the proper resources. Regardless despite this downside you’ll never leave a scene unsatisfied.
2017 has been a big year for horror movies both critically and commercially. Whether it’s mainstream fare like IT or to sleep hits such as It Comes At Night they all have one things in common, a passion for the genre. Directors such as Jordan Peele and Andrés Muschietti’s passion for the genre shows on the screen and Mayhem is no different. With Joe Lynch behind the cameras audiences are treated to a bloody and subversive take on corporate America. While it certainly has its issues, and isn’t the most original film it more than delivers on its namesake. Fun if flawed Mayhem has the perfect mix of action and scares to bring 2017 to a close.
My rating 7/10
Links : IMDB
Five Reasons To Love ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’
Back in 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened into theaters with a mixed reception from critics and audiences and has been deemed as the least desirable of the Spidey movies. In the film, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) must face off against another villain who has been given the name Electro. Moreover, our brave hero uncovers some bizarre mysteries surrounding his parents.
Many fans of the series view the film as an overcrowded mess, but I think it might be the most entertaining of all the Spidey films, until No Way Home arrived, and here are five reasons why that remains true.
First and foremost, Garfield is always a delight to have in the Spidey outfit. His charisma and witty banter is almost what makes the film truly great. I have always said that he was the best Spider-Man and this movie proves it with his ability to elevate any scene from dull slog to a comedic venture.
Spidey, in this particular movie, embodies the hero in the original comics with his incessant need to make a fast-talking quip to one of his enemies. There is nothing better than a comic-book character sticking true to his essence and spirit of its source material.
Despite what many people say about the villains, Jamie Foxx as the supercharged baddie Electro proves to be a formidable opponent for the web-head, with his omnipotent powers and overly-powered nature. More than that, Max Dillon is depicted as a quiet, shy loner who is invisible to other people. He is essentially a nobody, until he falls into a vat of electrically-charged eels and becomes the sinister villain Electro.
To better understand a villain, you must understand their plight and Electro’s plight is that of a rags-to-riches success story and the visual effects are certainly something to marvel at.
This article wouldn’t be complete if I decided not to talk about the exhilarating action that embodied the film. Whether we see Spidey chasing down a truck with Oscorp’s product or a massive fight inside a grid that seems like a colossal feat for any Marvel film, the film can take a lot of pride in its action sequences.
One can also never forget the massive and iconic battle sequence between Electro and Spidey in Time Square that seems impossible to be made.
While he remains a secondary villain, Dane Dehaan’s Green Goblin is still noteworthy. Dehaan portrays Harry Osborne who is left with his dead father Norman’s life work and stumbles upon a Goblin serum that enhances his speed, strength, and intelligence.
His little spat with Spider-Man is certainly befitting for the dark, moody tone of the film and entertaining for plenty of comic fans with zippy action and certified intensity. In the end, he is also responsible for the death of Spidey’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy.
Gwen Stacy Death
Speaking of Gwen Stacy, this is the only Spidey film that features his love interest dying. As he battles the Green Goblin, Spidey attempts to hold on to Stacy, literally, by a thread in the clocktower. However, when the thread snaps, Spidey is able to snag her in mid-air but the whiplash of the fall snaps her neck, killing her.
What might be the saddest moment in any Spider-Man film, was brought to life in this extraordinary scene that silenced an entire generation of Spider-Man fans.
Anthony Hopkins to Lead Peacock Gladiator Drama ‘Those About to Die’
Peacock is one of the streamers that has yet to break through in terms of their original content getting recognized for awards contention. One such series that might change that fate for the streaming service is Those About to Die and it’s starting to build out its cast. According to Variety, 2-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, The Father) is the first to join the drama series which comes from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat will script the series.
Hopkins will play the character known as Emperor Vespasian in the series which is set in the world of gladiatorial battle. It will be an ensemble drama following many different Roman characters that will set forth for violent affairs in the arena among other complexities such as political power and corruption so expect a starry cast for this Peacock drama. Hopkins’ character is described as “despised by the Patricians jockeying for position in the Empire and looking to supplant his heirs to the throne the first chance they get. Vespasian became the Roman emperor after a ten-year civil war. We expect to get more casting news soon as the show will begin filming in Rome in March.
Anthony Hopkins is coming off a terrific performance in James Gray’s Armageddon Time in 2022 after winning his second Academy Award for his role in The Father the year prior. He’ll next voice a character in Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon for Netflix and also will star in British drama One Life alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Jonathan Pryce. Emmerich is coming off directing the sci-fi disaster film, Moonfall in 2022.
‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Adds Oscar-Nominee William H. Macy
The Planet of the Apes trilogy headlined by Andy Serkis from the 2010s can be argued as one of the best trilogies of all-time. The technological advances made from motion capture helped actors completely transform into the apes with their interactions with human characters making the story rawer and more emotional. Now, 20th Century Studios will jump back into the world of apes with their latest, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Deadline reports that William H. Macy (Shameless, Fargo) will round out the cast for the newest chapter of the franchise.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes takes place many years after the conclusion of War for the Planet of the Apes being led by an entirely new cast that includes Owen Teague, Freya Allan and Peter Macon. Details are currently unknown on whether Macy will be playing a human character or an ape. The film series has grossed almost $2 billion dollars for the studio so it’s no surprise that they’re aiming to make more Apes fims.
Macy is coming off his biggest role ever in Showtime’s series, Shameless for which he played Frank Gallagher and was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards for his performance over 11 seasons. Macy is also a former Oscar-nominee for his lead role in the Coen Brothers classic, Fargo. Since then, he’s amassed tons of parts including most recently in Hulu’s The Dropout and a guest spot on the ABC sitcom, The Conners. Macy will next appear in the film, Maybe I Do with Emma Roberts, Diane Keaton, Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.
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